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Beast of Yucca Flats

Published 1961

Tor Johnson is a defecting Russian scientist who is transformed into a deranged caveman by the detonation of an atomic bomb. The IMDB entry is here.

Run time 53:52
Audio/Visual sound, black and white


Reviewer: Haruji-san - - May 24, 2015
Subject: Excruciating...
As someone who has seen the disaster that is Manos: The Hands of Fate, I can say that this is *THE* worst film ever made. Every single second scrapes at your psyche and leaves you turning into Jack Torrance from The Shining. It's so bad it makes The Room look like Schindler's List. So bad it makes Plan 9 from Outer Space look like Citizen Kane.
It's THAT BAD. My mind will never recover from this unholy torment...
Reviewer: mrtorgo - - January 4, 2014
Subject: Longest 54 minutes of my life
Like many others, I came to see a film that was labeled among the worst and have the experience.

I've seen other "worst of all" movies on the archive, and I legitimately can say that this is the worst. The plot doesn't add up (at least Manos does), no acting (with everybody talking off the camera), and no pace, making this movie longer than Titanic, even though it's less than an hour.

If you like bad movies, or just have in you to see the worst of all, or you were just masochist, then you might give this whatchamacallit a try. otherwise avoid and move to another film and don't look back.
Reviewer: Myidoru - - December 6, 2013
Subject: beastly
An epically dreadful film, with virtually no plot and no sign of acting ability. Must be seen to be believed. At least the set doesn't wobbly, being mostly natural.
Reviewer: Robbmeister X - - November 15, 2013
Subject: Attack of the Tor Monster
This indeed is the longest available print of this film, and it's rather quaint now to think that the topless scene at the start (which has nothing to do with the rest of the film) was ever censored. There's doubtless many who'd keep the opening but discard the rest of the movie. It has to be one of the most inept pieces of cinema ever made.

For starters, the director didn't trust his cast with dialogue, so no-one talks on camera, or dialogue is heard from so far out that you can't tell no one is talking. In fact, the thing was shot mostly silent, with a pompous voiceover added for commentary, which frequently hits real heights of silliness with its attempts at understated poetry. The special effects are unforgettable: there aren't any. The ends of guns are not shown in frame if anyone shoots to cut down on effects costs; you only hear the dubbed-on fire. At the end, when the 'monster' is shot dead by the kid, you can clearly see the latter's arms are hanging downwards. As for the 'beast', well, Sting of Death (which I've not seen) and Robot Monster may have had ludicrous monsters, but at least someone made the effort. Here the excuse for a monster is just Tor Johnson, carrying a bludgeon, shambling about and going, "Aaaaahhhhh."

Now I consider myself a person with very good taste in movies, and if I was being objective I'd give one star to this trash. Why four? Because, despite some dull spots, it is very entertaining. Your mind will be boggled that any distributor was shameless enough to release this. You'll have a grin on your face throughout. But I've just sat through the dreadful The Last Exorcist Part 2, and am willing to rule this out for contention as one of the very worst films made. It's one of the most incompetent, I'll happily give it that.
Reviewer: pokute - - September 29, 2010
Subject: Other version (not here)
There is a fairly high quality version of Beast Of Yucca Flats generally available (as part of a 50 video set) that is unfortunately missing the most exciting part of this film, the first 15 seconds.

The version here preserves these important moments for the edification of the cinematic historian.
Reviewer: Katusekino | Rooftop Cinema - - June 23, 2010
Subject: Urgent Help requested
Dear uploader of this cult classic,

Writing to you with request for help in our Rooftop Cinema project.

We plan to screen this cult flick under Z-Movies Retrospective in July 2010 in the summer outdoor cinema in Tallinn, Estonia.

As we have w20m x h13m outdoor cinema screen and 15000 ANSI digital Christies projector we would need maximum quality from the screened film´s digital file. The current mpeg file most likely remains little lo-fi for our resolution capacity.

We would like to request from the uploader of this movie to Internet Archive if it would be possible to provide us with UNCOMPRESSED AVI or QUICKTIME FILE as high quality video as possible?

If you would be able to share the file, please contact me directly: aivar [at] or skype aivarlaan

Looking for any feedback as soon as possible,

Thank you very much in advance,
best rgds,

Aivar Laan
Program Director | Partner
Rooftop Cinema
Reviewer: Richard Fux - - April 1, 2010
Subject: Oddly Fascinating
There's something about the narration to this movie that I find captivating. Much of it has only a tenuous connection to the action on screen. Some of it is laugh out loud funny ("Touch a button. Things happen."), but some of it is borderline non sequitur, which is funny in a different way.

If you want a film with Cold War paranoia and a quirky presentation, check this out.
Reviewer: picfixer - - February 17, 2010
Subject: This beast is a yuck
The producers of this insult weren’t enthusiastic novices who tried to make the best movie they could on a limited budget. They were talent-less guys who tried to cash in on the drive-in market by slapping together an hour of film at the lowest possible cost. The inane narration was written by some pompous ass with an ignoramus's view of the world. The film itself is a barely coherent mess. The end result is mind-numbing tedium. I hope Tor Johnson got paid.

As a lover of B-movies in general and so-bad-they're-good flicks in particular. believe me when I say this one isn't worth your time. There are many, many great films here at the Archive that are.
Reviewer: cosmicolada - - November 5, 2009
Subject: The great thing is...
Whatever any of us may think of this film, at least these guys took the initiative, reached deep into their own pockets, put their money where their mouths are, and MADE A FILM. That to me is worth four stars right there. Tor is worth one by himself, so that makes for five stars. Huzzah! :)
Reviewer: doowopbob - - November 4, 2009
Subject: Move Over, Ed Wood....
Man, From Plan 9 To This?.Was Tor Wishing For An Academy Award?.. Your Really Slummin' Watching This Dog..........ARF,ARF......Turns To Barf, Barf.........But Brings Back Fond Memories Of Nice Pair's.........Now I Fondle Floppys!....Sigh!.............4 Stars For First 60 Sesonds Then Zippo,For The Rest Of This 54 Minute Epic!... Oh....P/S......Budget Was $34,000....Sombody Walked Off With $33,900!
Reviewer: billbarstad - - May 28, 2009
Subject: It Stinks
Mildly amusing and possibly coma-inducing, The Beast from Yucca Flats takes a different approach to exploiting Cold War fears. Instead of feeding the viewer's imagination with the fantastic, it provides a bitter commentary via tersely phrased voice-over to an event pointedly depicted as mundane. And boy, does it do this poorly.

I downloaded the mpeg2 file. Video quality was adequate, and the audio was fine.
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